Ascent of Yellow Mountain on 2019-07-08

Climber: Ariel Jacala

Others in Party:Paul Jacala
Date:Monday, July 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Yellow Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5000 ft / 1524 m

Ascent Trip Report

Access Notes:
The route to the summit of Yellow Mountain and the most convenient is south bound on the Appalachian Trail from Deep Gap (35.039431,-83.552724). It is a natural doubleheader with Standing Indian. There is a short off trail bush-whack at around 1 mile where one turns left on the ridge to acquire the summit. It is steep – about 30% grade and the short bushwhack will get you into the AZ quite quickly. The summit proper requires about a ¼ mile bush whack. From Deep Gap it is a 1.25 mile hike on the AT. Drive around 14 miles west from Franklin, NC on Hwy 64 and turn left on Deep Gap Road (brown FS sign). At 1.8 miles stay left and drive another 4 miles to Deep Gap parking area.

Southbound on the AT with a short off-trail left turn to the summit at the end

Activation Notes:

Having left Paul in the truck, I made my way up the AT towards Yellow Mountain’s summit, checking my GPS often for that eventual turn left. The closest approach to the summit was 134 meters to my left but the climb would be too steep through dense forest and rhododendron. The shallowest portion of the ridge was still about ¼ mile. I got to the point of Dean Blair’s (K2JB) track where he made the turn. This should be the shallowest approach to the summit but it was still steep – 30% grade. I watched my elevation on the GPS, and with the summit at 1530 meters, I needed to be above 1505 meters to be in the AZ. I got to 1510 meters (indicated on my GPS) still 20 meters short of vertical but now in the AZ. I looked for a clearing a little higher in the slope to set-up an antenna. I found a rock ledge to sit on. Soon I was on the air. I had 1 bar on my cell phone as I put out a spot stating a short activation on 20m. Rich N4EX was the first to call. The calls came in quick succession. There were a few new call signs that I did not recognize. The rest were the dedicated chasers I have come to know and rely upon.

I headed back down to the parking area. Paul made our way out of Deep Gap and made plans to have a nice dinner in Waynesville on the way back home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:612 ft / 186 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:35.0396, -83.55288  4388 ft / 1337 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ariel Jacala
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